Up here in Åre, Sweden, Spring is struggling to come out but as far as I'm concerned it is here! As much as I love skiing the switch to the bike could of come even earlier for me this year. Since I've been rehabbing my knee the past few months biking has been a good escape from the end of this particular ski season.
It's muddy up here in the center of Sweden, especially since there is still a good amount of snow that needs to melt up on the summits. The Winter was not the best, but it doesn't seem to want to go away either. Fortunately I've gotten used to muddy tracks again after spending many seasons in the dust back in Tahoe. Here in Sweden everyday is a brown pow day!
Reine Barkered, Erik Westberg and I decided we needed to catch a glimpse of Spring down in Stockholm, 8 hours south, while we wait for it to arrive in Åre. I've heard a ton about the riding in Stockholm but never made the journey till last weekend. I must say, I was pleasantly surprised!
First we headed to Hellasgården, located just South East of Stockholm City. This area is what I hear about most when people talk about riding in Stockholm. With over 500km, (some say) of trails it's an amazing spot for mountain biking right next to the city! Technical and rolling hills all throughout the area make this a playground for mountain bikers that like to challenge themselves.
The following day we decided to check out a new area that our friend Utter lived nearby. This spot is called Ursvik. A little less popular than Hellasgården but just a much fun. In Ursvik the trails were a bit less technical with some more flow. A prefect contrast to the technical tracks we rode the day before.
Sunday came and it was the warmest and sunniest day of the trip. Of course that meant it was time to go home. We all decided we needed to take advantage of this weather while it was around and that we would head out for a quick ride nearby our place. None of us had any idea of how the riding was in Tyresta National Park but we thought it was worth a look. I think we all assumed it would just be some mellow dirt roads, which of course is better than nothing. We couldn't of been any more wrong! The riding in Tyresta was great, and possibly the most technical of the places we checked out. It was a pleasant surprise that of course meant our "quick" ride would turn into a 3+ hour adventure.
It was a great finish to a fabulous bike premier for the season! The skis are hung up for now and we've got more bike adventures in the works!